Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
When it comes to Halloween there's so much I could write about. I'd love to talk about the origins of Halloween and how hypocritical it is that so many condemn it as something evil due to its pagan origins. I remember one girl at my high school telling me that if I really knew how Halloween began I wouldn't celebrate it. Well, as far as I know, Halloween was thought to be the easiest day for fairies and the souls of the dead to cross over into the mortal world. And while it may seem a bit scary to think that trick-or-treating came from the practice of bribing the otherworldly beings with food so they would not harm the living, I think it's worth noting that departed loved ones were thought to revisit their homes. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that people would set a place at their dinner tables to welcome family members who had died. Keeping in mind that these are the customs of a people from a very different time, place, culture, and lifestyle, I would think October 31st was a day that reminded people to show their ancestors the respect they deserve, but also a day that comforted the grieving, making them feel as if their loved ones were not far away, and ultimately reminding them to appreciate their loved ones who were still living.
The following are some Halloween Rose Magnets I made using 2-sided scrapbooking paper, orange and black ribbon, refrigerator magnets, and hot glue.
To make the roses I followed instructions found on Pinterest. I hot glued them in place, glued 2 strips of ribbon onto each magnet, and then hot-glued each rose onto a magnet. I only managed to make 6 roses, and some of them I gave out with candy to trick-or-treaters.
It's kind of hard to stay made at her though ...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The front of this card, I based on an image from the Season 7 episode "The Power of Three." Whovians should remember that Kate Stewart held a scanning device in front of the Doctor which showed that he did indeed have two hearts. What better to use as the cover of a Valentine, than a scanning device showing the Doctor's two hearts? They may be anatomically correct hearts inside a human body, but they're still hearts!
I found the image the hard way: I put the DVD in the computer, clicked on the episode, and went directly to the scene in question and paused it at just the right moment. I then took a picture of the heart scanner on my phone. The picture I will include here, however, was taken from Tardis Data Core:
Image of Kate Stewart's Scan from "The Power of Three" taken from Tardis Data Core
On the back of the card I wrote "Happy Valentine's Day" and based the letters on the Doctor Who font. In addition, I decorated the back of this card, with letters from the Gallifreyan alphabet. As a guide, I used this image of the Gallifreyan alphabet from Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange, a "a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts."
Image of Gallifreyan Alphabet Copied from Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange
Well, I hope fans will get a kick out of it, and I'm hoping to do some more Doctor Who fan art in the future. I'd love to read any comments, criticisms, or suggestions for future projects. And of course, I'd love to see anything you've made as well.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This is just a quick post to share some pictures that I thought were funny.
Recently I spent an evening officially putting away all things Christmas - late I know, but when you have Fibromyalgia you take longer to do things than you normally would. The artificial tree was already disassembled and put away thanks to my brother, but the tree ornaments remained loosely in a single cardboard box. You see, the day my mom took down the ornaments I wasn't feeling up to going to the basement and bringing up the proper containers for the ornaments, so my mom stored them in the box temporarily and set them aside for me to sort and return to the basement when I felt ready to handle the job.
When I finally did feel up to putting everything away the task took a lot longer than I intended thanks to the vile bitch that is Fibromyalgia, but through all the drudgery I discovered something new about a very old ornament. While handling a very old, very beat-up-looking ornament of Sylvester The Cat I noticed he appears to be giving the finger to someone behind him! Observe:
Friday, December 20, 2013
ABC Block Ornaments
You can follow the steps above using other kinds of toys. I made more ornaments using Legos and I’m also happy with the result. Again, I think this would look great using an assortment of colours and sizes.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In addition to ribbons and bows I started to add other embellishments to the gifts and I find that this creates an elegant effect.
The first present is wrapped in a shiny paper that I chose because it is multicoloured and contains the colours associated with Christmas: red, green, and gold.
I then tried to shape all six strands of ribbon, and attached a gold gift tag. I was disappointed that the gift tag contained the colour blue instead of, say, red, but that’s what it’s like to be a crazy perfectionist gift wrapper.
The last gift might be my favourite. I love this wrapping paper: it contains all the Christmas colours and is designed with colourfully swirled tree ornaments.
To embellish this gift I used items to match every colour in the paper – gold pinecones pick up the gold swirled ornaments while the red berries, bulb, and gift tag pick up the red of the paper. The white swirls of the round gift tag nicely set off the white swirls of the round ornaments, and the tiny green design on the bulb matches the overall green of the paper.
The piece is held together by two gold ribbons that I threaded through the ornament and tried around the stems of the berries and pinecones. Again, taping it down may not be the most secure choice due to the weight of the bulb and berries.